Protect the Climate, Let's Keep it in the Ground!
1 July 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Join grassroots environmental campaigning group Not Here Not Anywhere as they join up with Stop Climate Chaos, People Before Profit & Friends of the Earth on Bull Island on Sunday July 1st to take action to protect our climate and our future!
Where are we on climate issues in Ireland?
Our government is failing us. Latest projections by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that Ireland will miss its 2020 climate targets set under the Paris Agreement by an astonishing margin, with greenhouse gas emissions set to fall by only 1% (compared to the target of 20%). Just this week, we saw that Ireland is second last in European ratings of climate action and ambition. Meanwhile, the last three years were the warmest on record and extreme weather events are getting worse, yet the Irish government is still allowing companies to explore for toxic fossil fuels like oil and gas in Irish waters.*
The good news is, there's something we can do about it.
Join us for a family friendly morning beginning at the Wooden Bridge in Clontarf, between 10am and 10:30am on Sunday July 1st, with some coffee and an introduction from some of the people involved in taking action to reduce the onslaught of climate change . After coffee, we'll head over to take a photo with the huge banner you can see at the top of this e-mail! Afterwards, there will be a nature walk in the Bull Island nature reserve, followed by a picnic nearby. Some nibbles will be provided but you're encouraged to bring your own food.
Check out the FaceBook event here, or on our website if you are not on FaceBook.
Why is this happening now?
There is a climate-protecting bill currently in the Dáil, and it needs public support if it is to pass the next stage. The Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, also called the Climate Emergency Measures Bill will on July 3rd by heard by the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action & the Environment . Earlier this year, in the face of government opposition, people power propelled this Bill to this Committee stage in the Dáil, where it needs to be passed in order to progress to the next stage. If passed, the Climate Emergency Measures Bill will ban the issuing of any new oil and gas exploration licences off the Irish coast. This would be a much-needed turning of the tide for climate action in Ireland, and a victory for the common good over the self-interest of the few.
On July 1st there will be a banner drop on the Wooden Bridge where long-range photos will be taken and sent to the press. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*You can read more about the campaign here.
Hoping you can join us on July 1st.
wooden bridge clontarf